PROFILE OF CORONADO COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
201 S. Peninsula • New Smyrna Beach FL 32169
Coronado is identified as a church with thought-provoking sermons, inclusiveness and openness to people and ideas, and commitment to community service.
“Coronado Community Church” was founded 1904 in the island town of Coronado Beach by the former Methodist Episcopal Church. It remained a “cute little church on the beachside” until the 1980’s, when a modern physical plant was built. A 40 year process of purchasing land and expanding facilities created a campus which is used seven days a week from 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM for day school, support groups, thrift store, youth, small groups, community ministry, dinners, and worship.
Coronado, like many Florida churches, experiences an increased winter attendance from the North Atlantic and Mid-West. We are somewhat unique, however, in also receiving regular summer visitors from the Southeast and weekend visitors from Orlando. (Average attendance 350 summer, 750 winter)
Coronado is proud of its leadership in community affairs such as homelessness, race relations and ecumenical cooperation. We take the “community” in our name seriously, while being aware that we are based on an island that could insulate us from the poverty and diversity issues that are central to our calling as Christians. Mission outreach, both in our area and outside the United States, is part of who we are. Our youth and adults have gone on 3 to 5 medical, dental, construction and fellowship missions a year to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Cuba, Mississippi, Sager-Brown UMCOR Center, and many other sites. We are active with Halifax Urban Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and many local action groups.
Our budgeting process is to build the “needs” and “income” sides of the budget separately each spring following a February pledge campaign, reconcile the two, and adopt a balanced budget in May for a July 1 fiscal year. Most years we have been able to receive more than we spend. We have paid apportionments 100% every year. An important component of the revenue is CorMeth Boutique, a thrift store on campus that has come to be a means of outreach, community, friendship and support for people searching for connection in a town composed of newcomers.